CBD Happy Hour

April 24, 2019 10:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- CBD oil has been gaining popularity across the country, and Wednesday night it drew people who’ve been using the product for years, to those who were trying it for the first time, to Fiddlehead Coffee Co. in Rochester.

“When people understand the benefits of CBD they’re going to be shocked, and they’re going to think oh I thought it was the stuff that gets you high or you get the munchies,” said Jennifer Sanneman, owner and CEO of Essence Skin Clinic, who turned out to Fiddlehead to learn more about CBD oil.

Recently there’s been so much excitement around CBD some are referring to it as the “green rush.”

But Dr. Philip Kish of Optimal Movement said that’s introduced some problems.

“What the craze’s done is it causes a great hype and that opens the market to a lot of shady practices,” Kish said.

CBD oil is becoming so mainstream, it’s even available at some grocery stores.

Fiddlehead decided to make it the topic of their happy hour, with Kish behind the bar serving up drinks, information, and giving people the option to add CBD to their beverage of choice.

It’s part of the restaurant’s new push to engage the community in meaningful discussions.

“You know our intention was to make a bit of a splash and talk about something that some people might find controversial and help kind of guide the community through a dialogue. We didn’t expect it to be a cannonball,” said co-owner and founder of Fiddlehead Coffee Co. Patrick Phelan.

Once they put the word out on Facebook, it quickly became one of their most shared posts ever.

“I just wanted to get more information about CBD oil. There’s so many things on the internet that are super confusing and there’s so many claims about the benefits but it’s not really very regulated,” said customer and attendee Kristy Koster.

“I started trying CBD a couple weeks ago because I have fibro myalgia and a lot of anxiety,” customer and attendee Brenna Brom said.

Kish said despite the heightened popularity, there’s still a lot of misinformation circulating about it.

“There is a stigma being that it’s from the cannabis plant so we want to create a conversation to help people understand that it doesn’t have certain qualities they may think that it does and it has a therapeutic and medical benefit,” he said.


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